Square Bottle "Pink Heath", Stopper

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Cork stopper with sterling silver head. Square section grip above round collar gripping cork.
Paired with H11605.1 (Bottle), part of a companion set inc. H11626.1, H11626.2.
CH classification PACKAGES AND CONTAINERS Bottle
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H47 x Dia29 mm
Media/Materials description
Silver, Cork, Glass
J.D & Co.Ld.
History and use
This bottle and stopper is part of the Ben Ronalds collection of fine ceramics and glassware. The bottle is decorated with a depiction of Pink Heath, believed to be an Ellis Rowan design copied and painted by Reginald Austin, a Worcester artist who specialised in fruits, flowers and birds.

Over his lifetime, Ronalds acquired a world-class collection of Royal Worcester and comparative pieces from other ceramics and glassware manufacturers.

Benjamin Charles Ronalds (born 1892, died 1970) migrated to Australia in 1911 from England, having served an apprenticeship in the glass trade. In Brisbane, he worked with Oxlades glaziers before opening the Decorative Glass Company in West End from 1924, and his success supported his passion, formed in 1946, to collect Royal Worcester porcelain. Over the next almost 25 years he built up a remarkable collection of that factory’s products. As well as collecting locally, he made several trips overseas, and many interstate to Melbourne and Adelaide.

His collection of over 800 pieces was donated to the Queensland Museum in 1976.
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